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Project information

Studio equipment

To equip a studio for the radio station so that we can work with local presenters, young people and vulnerable adults to make their own radio programmes.

April 2011 - May 2011

Charity information: Reading Community Radio

Reading Community Radio logo
  • Need


    We have been approached by a number of local organisations who would like us to work with their service users to help them improve their soft skills and their technical skills. We can do this effectively if we were able to equip our second studio and show these yound disadvantaged individuals how to make radio prorgammes. Funding for community radio stations is becoming harder to achieve as so many charities are looking for support from an ever decreasing funding pot of money.


    We will use this equipment to train young people not in education, training or employment, how to make their own radio programmes whilst they improve their self-confidence and esteem. Feedback from previous young people shows that their confidence has improved by 24%, their motivation increased by 26%, their problem-solving skills improved by 14%, their public speaking skills improved by 38% and their team-working skills improved by 54%. This training will help their path into employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To equip a fully operational studio that can be used by the diverse population within Reading.


    » Work with a local supplier to install the equipment and then make sure that it is fully functional.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the studio being used by lots of local individuals and community groups to showcase themselves.

  • Impact


    Volunteers will be trained and given learning opportunities that opens them up to new opportunities. Volunteers will contribute time to the project and then move on from the project to other volunteering, Success will be the numbers of volunteers engaged, the hours and programmes contributed by volunteers with volunteers then moving on from the project into other community activity or employment.


    Risks include the equipment being heavily used and needing replacement very quickly.

    Other risks include technology moving on quickly and the equipment becoming obsolete.


    We will report progres to donors by completing a report on the outcomes achieved by the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,010

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,010 Equipment Studio Professional equipment
  • Background


    We are based in the centre of Reading, Berkshire.


    People from all areas of Berkshire will be able to access this project which will bring together diverse groups of learners and takes them through a training programme for producing the radio broadcasts for the community radio station. Each group is multi-national and usually mixed gender.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been operating as a 24/7 internet community radio station although we have two offices. We have already delivered our training programme to four other groups of people locally and several of those individuals now present their own weekly radio shows. We have already provided a platform and a vioce to the local community and we have worked in partnerships with many local organisations. We are already recognised within the local community as a significant force in community cohesion.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kendel Falconer - Volunteer

    Chair of the Board of Trustees and many years experience in radio and community work.

“Community radio at its very best empowers local communities and gives ordinary people access to broadcasting opportunities.”

Martin Salter former MP for Reading West